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Chairman’s Bulletin - July Dear Members Your Committee were delighted with the response to our first ever live remote lecture in June - marvellous take up from members, thank you so much, an excellent lecture from Simon Seligman on Ruskin and universally positive feedback from you on the experience. Our second lecture from Anne Anderson last Friday on Ikea/Scandinavian design was equally well supported, thank you again - and I’m sure the technical glitches will be sorted for August!  Sorry, anyway, if it spoiled your enjoyment - we will probably stick to one host for the whole lecture in future to keep it simple, but we are all learner drivers at the moment and should improve. So, talking of August, our Programmers have sourced two more interesting lectures to make up our deficit from the missed Spring lectures: 1. Nicola Moorby “Looking over the Artist’s shoulder: The Italian Sketchbooks of JMW Turner“ on Friday, 7th August, 11am 2. Dr Max Jones  “The Glorious Dead: Grief and Politics in memorials to the Great War“ on Friday 21st August, 11am Both lecturers are highly acclaimed in their fields, so we’re delighted to get them. You will, of course get Zoom invitations to both lectures. Towards the end of this month you will receive a pack of information about the AGM and the EGM to precede it, as well as your next season’s Programme Card. To avoid your package becoming a large parcel, additional information connected to the General meetings, plus other news, will be on the website. We hope you will agree that our proposal for a remote AGM with email voting, likewise for the EGM concerning changes to the Constitution, is a right and reasonable approach in the circumstances. As we have said before, we will only contemplate and make plans for physical meetings when we are certain we can all be safe doing so. We do not anticipate this being in the near future, but we will, of course, consult with you first should it become a possibility. At a recent East Midlands Area Zoom Chairs’ meeting which I logged into (Zoom’ and ‘Chair’ are not often seen in the same sentence!) some societies are making plans to resume physical lectures while following social distance rules, but the general feeling was this would not be before Christmas at the earliest. How many of us would want to mix in large groups indoors even if we were allowed? At the moment we are planning to continue with live Zoom lectures into September and beyond - and I’m sure you will want me to thank our programmers, Gunta and Erica for an amazing job in getting replacement lectures and lecturers organised in such a short space of time, and getting next season’s programme card ready. On the same note, this is always a busy time for our Membership Secretary, Tony. This year the task has been vastly increased because of the circumstances, so our thanks to Tony for the reassuringly calm way he has appeared to take it in his stride. Stefan does not like being thanked publicly, so I won’t mention the obvious debt we have to him for managing the IT situation so admirably! Secretary Lidia has, of course, being even more tolerant of her Chair’s limitations during the crisis - many thanks to her and the whole Committee for their great support and hard work in bringing you these lectures. We hope you all stay well and continue to enjoy the lectures. Information and updates will be regularly posted on the website, so we hope more and more of you will access it to stay with the latest news. Best wishes Nigel Harper, Chairman July 2020
The Arts Society Oundle